For Immediate Release
January 02, 2014
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Mayor's Press Office
FRIDAY: City Hall Open for Business, Boston Public Libraries Closed, Boston Public Schools Closed, Boston Centers for Youth & Families Opening Four Centers Regionally, Essential City Employees Reporting to Work
Snow Emergency and Parking Ban Remain in Effect
Mayor Thomas M. Menino this afternoon convened his snow team for an update on the City’s first major snow storm of 2014. Tomorrow, City Hall will be OPEN for business, Boston Public Libraries will be closed, and Boston Public Schools will be closed. Boston Centers for Youth & Families will open four centers regionally for children ages 7 and older. Essential City employees will report to work. A Snow Emergency and parking ban remains in effect.
The latest forecasts indicate the storm is expected to result in more than a foot of snow in the City, with heaviest snow fall beginning tonight at 9 p.m.Blizzard-like conditions are expected tomorrow morning.
Members of the Mayor's Snow Team met this afternoon to discuss the latest storm related information and response plans for the weekend. The Snow Team will continue to monitor the forecast and provide updates throughout the weather event.
Boston Centers for Youth & Families
Due to Boston Public Schools closing, four community centers will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for children ages 7 and older:
- BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain
- BCYF Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River Street, Hyde Park
- BCYF Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris Street, East Boston
- BCYF Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont Street, Mission Hill
A short intake form will need to be filled out at drop off. All other community centers will be closed Friday.
- Crews will have 700 pieces of equipment active on City streets by the height of the storm.
- Regularly scheduled trash collection will begin at 6 a.m. Friday morning. **Please note, some holiday-related trash delays are already in effect**
- The City is strongly encouraging commuters to use public transportation to travel into the City tomorrow.
- During a Snow Emergency, parking is prohibited on all major arteries in Boston. These streets are posted with “Tow Zone No Parking During Snow Emergency” signs. A listing of major arteries and alternate parking can be found at http://www.cityofboston.gov/snow/parking/.
- On streets other than major arteries, parking within 20 feet of an intersection or further than one foot from the curb is prohibited, as this impedes access for both emergency vehicles and snow plows.
- During declared snow emergencies, discounted parking is available at several parking lots and garages to cars that display Boston resident parking stickers.
Cold Weather Safety Reminders
- Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas that results from combustion and can quickly become fatal. Residents should clear snow and debris away from mufflers before starting the car and ensure that external vents are cleared of snow. If you are using a generator, make sure it is far enough away to vent air and gases away from the home.
- Use public transportation whenever possible and avoid driving vehicles on slippery roads to keep roadways clear for plowing equipment and emergency vehicles.
- Property owners are reminded to salt and sand sidewalks, stairs and pedestrian ramps to prevent slippery surfaces.
- Residents are encouraged to shovel out hydrants and catch basins near or abutting their property to assist our public safety agencies and protect against flooding.
- Please check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors who may need help.
- Use caution when walking near buildings that may have falling snow or ice.
- Shoveling snow can pose a serious health safety risk to persons with heart disease and senior citizens. Residents should consider seeking the assistance of a family member, a helpful neighbor or hire someone to help.
- Additional cold weather safety tips can be found at: http://www.cityofboston.gov/cold/safety.asp.
The Mayor's 24-Hour Hotline has received 2,000 calls since midnight Thursday – three times the average call volume. The Hotline has additional staff on-hand and residents with weather-related questions or concerns, including down power lines, down trees or icy conditions, should call (617) 635-4500. The City's Shelter Commission asks that any resident who sees a potential medical emergency involving a homeless person dial 9-1-1. The City's shelters have activated emergency procedures today.
Residents are encouraged to use the City’s “Know Snow” program for access to other important storm-related information. To receive notifications, register for the city’s Alert Boston network at http://www.cityofboston.gov/snow/. If you would like to receive updates on the storm on Twitter, follow #bosnow, @NotifyBoston.